With the amazing image quality and in-home convenience of Blu-ray technology, it’s no surprise that more and more consumers are opting out of the ever-more expensive movie theater experience and opting instead to invest in the highest quality players for home.
True, a Blu-ray is no small investment. But the technology is becoming cheaper and more accessible, the only thing preventing you from joining in is finding the one that’s right for you. They might have a lot in come, but no two options are going to be exactly the same.
Here’s a take-down of five great Blu-ray models, so you can find out which one is right for you.
5. Sony BDPS790 3D Blu-ray Player
You might not think you need a Dual-Core Processor, but when you see it in action, you can tell that there’s a reason they included it. The device takes full advantage of its resources and delivers great quality images and does so quickly and with ease. Have access to a 4K compatible TV or projector? Pop in a DVD and see it as it was meant with an option to upscale your content to match the precision that a 4K provides.
This model isn’t just all about power either. Plenty of easy to use add-ons like the built in Wi-Fi, great streaming capacity, and optional Skype capability with built-in camera make the Sony BDPS790 the new hub of your living and useful for plenty more than just entertainment.
4. OPPO BDP-103 Universal Disc Player
Like the Sony above, this model is dedicated to producing a quality image, which accounts for features like its 4K upscaling and dual HDMI outputs. But if it’s access and flexibility that you need, then this is the device provides it. Designed with the connoisseur of all kinds of media in mind, the OPPO comes ready for Blu-ray discs, a gigabyte of your own media content, seamless streaming options, and more. If it’s MP4, DivX, WAV, SACD or any other number of media types, the OPPO is ready to handle it with an equal focus on image as well as audio.
It’ll cost you a little bit more, but if you’re truly a home entertainment buff then the superior options and performance make it worth your while.
Keep an eye out for frequent and useful firmware updates from OPPO that keep this model playing at the top of its game.
3. Samsung BD-F7500
4K upscaling? Check. 3D? Check. Fast speed provided by a dual-core 9000 Mhz processor? Check. Wi-Fi, streaming, and an intuitive hub to manage your many and varied media files? Check, check, and check.
The real innovation for this Samsung model that sets it apart from other choices is in its user interface and design functionality. Starting with the Smart Hub, this player makes it easy to store, control, and access all your content, apps, and services. Connect Anynet+ with an HDMI jack and it gets even more convenient as you gain control of up to twelve Samsung devices with one remote. Take it a step further and incorporate Smart View/AllShare Play, which brings your mobile device or PC into the mix for an easy way to share and view video.
Just imagine-Your entire media world funneled through one easy to use Blu-ray player.
2. Sony BDP-S5100
At just around 100 dollars, this player will get you pretty far for not very much. This model is simple but effective with Blu-ray and DVD playback as well as great network speed that makes using streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Video a breeze.
This model is a great starting point for those of you that are not looking to commit yourself to the full-time hobby that entertainment players can be. You’ll miss out on 4K, for instance, but in exchange you’ll save some money and still walk away with a device that is easy to set-up, use, and enjoy.
1. Panasonic DMPBDT330
Touting things like built-in 4K upscaling, a number of formats that comprise its audio playback options, and twin HDMI, this Panasonic model has a similar appeal as the Sony at #2 while bumping up the quality a notch in many ways that are worth it.
In terms of functionality, this player adds a number of unique things to the mix. Hook up the Wi-Fi and use this DLNA certified player and its VIERA Connect cloud platform to easily interact with your home network. Connect and mirror your smart phone or tablet with Miracast. Or customize your use with up to 4 different profiles.
This is another great mid-range option that offers a lot of flexibility and control without breaking the bank like some of the other models might.
Blu-ray can be intimidating when you’re first entering the world of home entertainment. No need to be afraid! Each of the players on this list is guaranteed to provide the beautiful picture and convenience that you’re aiming for. Whether you’re particular about the specs and speed or more focused on the interface and ease-of-use, there is a player here that’s just right for you!